Thank You, James Garner, for Magnum, P.I.
Selleck on how his mentor, James Garner, led him to his biggest career success, Magnum, P.I.: “I was a fan, and then I got to work with him on [The Rockford Files]. He gave me the pivotal advice of my career … I said, ‘I had an old contract at Universal, it’s over, and they’ve assigned me this show called Magnum, and I hate it. This guy’s got a Ferrari, and women on his arm, and I don’t like it.’ And (Garner) said, ‘Well, I’m not gonna give you any advice, except this: You don’t have any power. You’ve never done a show … if they want you, and they do, you’ll never have any more power than you do right now. And that’s all I’m gonna say.’ Well, I called my agent, and we told Universal, ‘I ain’t doing that show.’ And they said, ‘Who in the hell do you think you are? You’ve never been on the air, and you’ll never work again.’ I said, ‘Well, okay.’ And then they brought in [producer] Don Bellisario, who put a whole new show [together], much more Rockford-esque, and it changed my life.”
The cast of CBS’s hit drama “Blue Bloods” talks about the perks of the job at PaleyFest New York and how they manage to get through all of those family dinner scenes on the show. But it’s no longer a surprise that the cast isn’t one for live-tweeting the show — two of the castmembers have never even sent an email!